February 16, 2009 Subject:
This is a very confusing serial, especially in the first episode. It's meant to be that way by the writers and directors. Things clear up as the story progresses. The good guys are after the Whispering Shadow; the bad guys, and some interested parties, are after jewels. Both side, of course, don't get anywhere fast. Some of the interesting points: People get killed remotely; there's remote viewing and remote projection. There's a shipping and receiving warehouse with a Snidley Whiplash sort running an experimental electronics lab. Fight scenes are always shown with the frame rate sped up. And there's the wax museum with a transparency generator and a bunch of guys standing around pretending to be robotic. I couldn't resist watching through to the end.
I downloaded the largest files available. Some of the confusion in the series may be laid to the high compression used - blurriness making it hard to tell one actor from another at times. Video and audio are generally OK, though there is some audio noise and drop-offs. Clips from earlier episodes start appearing in episode 5 and are used thereafter largely for padding.
A real whipsering shadow, and it's the bad guy. Bela Lugosi plays a bad guy. At the end of this episode some bad guys arrive in an auto gyro on the roof of the building but when they try to take off they get caught in the wires. I mention it because you don't get to see auto gyros. Good popcorn eatin' stuff.